Cape Town - Police said the conduct of its officers inside and outside Parliament was above board during Wednesday’s chaotic scenes in the CBD which saw members of public order policing engage in running battles with protesting students.
“We are satisfied with the manner in which the situation was managed by police outside Parliament today (on Wednesday), despite being constantly provoked by the students,” said police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said in a statement.
“Further criminal action against those that may have transgressed the law will be considered. Thus far 30 students have been arrested in regards to the incident outside Parliament and they are likely to face charges including trespassing and public violence.”
The statement came as students were bringing an application on Wednesday in the Western Cape High Court to interdict the SA Police service from “infringing on their rights to peaceful protest”.
The application was postponed and would be heard at 8am on Thursday morning.